We are Kris Janssens and Pascal Laureyn, Belgian media producers in Southeast Asia.
Together we make radio, video, pictures and articles on Southeast Asia.
In 2016 we moved to Phnom Penh to work. We each had 20 years of experience in media each and wanted to give our careers a new exciting start. From the Cambodian capital we travel often to all kinds of destinations in Southeast Asia for interesting stories and fascinating people.
Inspiration and insight, that’s what make a journey worthwhile. And we like to share these experiences with you. On this website.
The Cambodian ruling party CPP has won a landslide election victory on July 29. But the polls are criticized to be a sham. Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for over 30 years, had effectively neutralized his opponents in advance. In media as well as in politics. Whoever dares to speak against the government, takes the risk of being arrested and put in jail. But a secret opposition is rising.
The southern port city lies on the new Silk Road (the so called ‘One Belt, One Road’) and is therefore interesting for China. The Cambodian government is happy to accept the money. And Beijing never asks difficult questions. Article by Kris Janssens for Cambodia Daily.
The Mekong is the longest river in South-East Asia. Over 70 million people, living in six different countries, depend on this river for their livelihoods. But development is putting the ecosystem here under threat. Sand mines and hydro-electric power stations are changing the water quality, blocking fish migration routes and crippling the stability of the river banks. Kris made reports for the radiostations of Deutsche Welle (in English) and VPRO (in Dutch).
Cambodia is now officially a dictatorship. The only real opposition party was abolished in November. Independent media are unable to work freely. And some NGOs are banned. We regularly report from Cambodia for radio (Deutsche Welle), newspapers (De Tijd) and websites (IPS). In English and Dutch.
While world leaders are bickering about emissions and protocols, Fiji is being washed or blown away by the rising sea and cyclones. Not even the dead are allowed peace of mind. Fijians have a choice: fight or flee. For IPS (English) and De Tijd (Dutch). Also in Swedish and Spanish.
Our new production is the video ‘People of the Mekong’. In this documentary we will follow the river upstream and report on the lives of the 70 million people who depend on the river. We start in Vietnam and will go to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. All the way to the source in Tibet. In English, Dutch and French.
The Rohingya in Myanmar are the victims of ethnic cleansing by the Burmese army. Their misery is well documented. Nationalistic buddhist monks are spreading hate speech and incite violence. We went to visit them. For radiostation VPRO and the magazine Knack (pdf).
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines wants to cleanse his people of drugs with no regard for law and justice. This report was made on an ordinary night in the slums of Manila where the bodies are piled up in the morgues. For Radio 1 and the newspaper De Tijd. Read the article in English (pdf)
Cambodian forests may look idyllic, but they are the source of a global black market worth billions. Rare and protected trees are being cut down and sold to China and Europe. The illegal trade is propping up a corrupt regime. We followed the trail of destruction. For the radiostation of Deutsche Welle and the newspaper De Tijd.
The members of this metal band are garbage pickers with an aversion of schools. The grew up in and around a garbage dump in Phnom Penh. Now they are making very powerful music. “I put all my anger in my music”. Watch out for Doch Chkae, the ‘wild dogs’ of Cambodia. They have already reached stardom in their country.
Meandering between Mumbai and Manila, we try to tell extraordinary stories about ordinary people. You noticed that we can shape stories in many different ways. Do you have questions or remarks about our work, don’t hesitate to contact us.
See you soon! Kind regards,
Kris and Pascal
kris at atlastronaut dot com
pascal at atlastronaut dot com